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Hyundai Unveils New 1.6L Gamma GDI, 3.3 Lambda GDI Engines; New Verna

At the 2010 Beijing Auto Show (Auto China 2010), Hyundai Motor Co. unveiled its all-new 1.6L Gamma GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine; the latest edition of its 3.3L Lambda V-6 engine with GDI; and staged the world-premiere of its all-new Verna subcompact. The company also displayed its new 8-speed automatic transmission.

Gamma 1.6L GDI. The new Gamma 1.6L is the smallest Hyundai engine yet to benefit from the application of Gasoline Direct Injection technology. The inline four develops 140 ps (138 hp, 103 kW)—a 13% improvement over a conventional Gamma 1.6L fed by multipoint fuel injection (MPI).

The new Gamma features a 150-bar direct injection fuel system, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT), a Variable Induction System (VIS) and anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.

VIS delivers variable air flow based on speed conditions. At low and high speeds, air flows through the short runner, and at mid-range speed it flows through the long runner, helping optimize engine performance over the entire operating range.

Water jacket inserts help maintain a stable temperature balance between the upper and lower blocks.

New Lambda V-6 GDI. The latest edition of the Lambda V-6 engine delivers more power while lowering fuel consumption and emissions. Featuring a 150-bar gasoline direct injection fuel system, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT), and an optimized low-weight crankshaft design and exotic coating technologies on the piston skirts, piston rings and tappets to reduce friction losses, the new 3.3L engine produces maximum power of 300 ps (296 hp, 221 kW)—14.5% more than a comparable displacement engine equipped with MPI).

Hyundai will apply GDI to other members of the Lambda engine family including the 3.8L and one other new displacement which remains to be revealed.

New Verna. The new sub-compact, Hyundai’s third China-exclusive model, is built on an all-new platform at the company’s plant in Beijing and is targeted at China’s strategically important C1 segment.

Verna is powered by the new generation Gamma gasoline engine with multiport fuel injection. Featuring all-aluminium construction for weight-saving, the 1.6L DOHC Gamma delivers 90.4 kW (121 hp) @ 6300 rpm and 155 N·m of peak torque @ 4200 rpm through a four-speed automatic transmission.

The base Verna is offered with the 1.4L DOHC edition of the Gamma which puts out 78.7 kW (106 hp) and 135.4 N·m and comes with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated 5.7 L/100km (41 mpg US) with the manual; 6.2 L/100km (38 mpg US) with the automatic (1.4L with Fuel Economy Package).

The engine features Continuously Variable Valve Timing, a smart alternator and air conditioning compressor plus the adoption of motor-driven power steering.

The Verna will go on sale in the second half of this year. Hyundai will launch it in the Chinese market first, then gradually introduce it to other regions.



Any data on the fuel consumption with those new engines and 8-speed transmissions?

Will S

all-new 1.6L Gamma GDI engine - baby step in the right direction.

3.3L Lambda V-6 engine with GDI - big step in the wrong direction


I've got a 3.3L Lambda V-6 engine in a Sonata that gets 30+ mpg hwy, has no problems, and makes a neat raspy sound when floored. As some folks say, "that dog can hunt.."

The new "14.5% more than a comparable displacement engine equipped with MPI)." is for better mpg :>)

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As the US Gov hammers Toyota for political headlines (and maybe in a futile attempt to help GM) the market will shift more to Hyundai, and Honda, and China etc.

The future is going to little cars made in the low labor cost factories.


Hyundai is going to 8-speeds while GM is selling 4-speeds. Government Motors doesn't have a future.


EP - I'm no Government Motors fan but reading...

"The base Verna is offered with ... the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic." the very post you're responding to with "Hyundai is going to 8-speeds while GM is selling 4-speeds" makes you sound like a troll, and realizing that GM sells more vehicles with 6-speed transmissions than Hyundai, and has an in-house developed 8-speed automatic, makes you sound like an even dumber troll.



You may be right on about future smaller cars, (with a very high possibility of being e-cars) will be made where labor cost is lower.

A $2500 Tata can hardly be built in USA and Canada. We will have to find smart ways to block importation.

By the way, a Japanese University has recently produced a new resilient transparent poly-plastic 2 to 5 times stronger than steel and 7 times stronger than aluminium. At first sight, it seems that it could become an ideal material for many car parts and windows etc. An e-car body made with this material may weight much less and last 20+ years. Various colors could be added in the process. It may also be possible to integrate solar cells in the exposed areas. There may be a great future for very light weight e-vehicles (all sizes) made of this material.

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